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IT GIVES YOU AN IDENTITY
When you say to a new acquaintance, "I'm an engineer" or "I'm a geologist" or I'm a geophysicist", it has meaning. "Professional" is implied even if not stated. You can not legally claim that you are an engineer, geologist or geophysicist without being a registered member of the Association.
IT GIVES YOU STATUS
To be able to "practice engineering, geology or geophysics" requires a high level of expertise. The public looks to the professional geologist, for example, for advice. The success or failure of the project and/or the company very often depends on that advice. Your status and the deference accorded to you is because of your expertise.
IT GIVES YOU A REPUTATION
To say, "I'm a geophysicist", implies that you are a professional and that implies trustworthiness, competence, and honour.
IT GIVES YOU RESPONSIBILITY
Professionals provide high quality service to meet the needs of not only their immediate client or employer but also the long-range good of the general public. Protecting the public health, safety and welfare is a heavy responsibility.
THE ASSOCIATION PROTECTS YOUR IDENTITY, YOUR STATUS, AND YOUR REPUTATION
The Council of the Association, its committees and its staff, administer the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act: they enforce its provisions and discipline members who do not act professionally.
If that activity stopped, anyone would be able to call himself or herself an engineer, or a geologist, or a geophysicist or "practice engineering, geology or geophysics". The terms would then have only a very general meaning.
IT GIVES YOU A CAREER
Whether you work in the professional/client mode or in the employee/employer mode, the occupational classification of engineer, geologist or geophysicist gives you a career category and a career path.
It can be said that for this purpose all one needs is an engineering, geological or geophysics degree and that one does not need to be registered with the Association. That is true as long as the individual is content to "do engineering, geological or geophysical work" under the supervision and control of an APEGGA member as opposed to "practicing engineering, geology or geophysics" which includes not only doing the work but taking professional responsibility for that work and is content to use some title other than engineer, geologist or geophysicist. Having a university degree in engineering, geology or geophysics is one step short of legally being an engineer, geologist or geophysicist.
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